One carjacking and one attempt in two days

Oak Park police investigating two incidents on April 14 and 15

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police are investigating an armed carjacking and a failed carjacking attempt that took place on April 14 and 15, respectively.

The armed carjacking took place at 12:06 p.m. in the 900 block of South Elmwood Avenue. A white 2015 Acura, occupied by four young men, rear-ended the victim's gray 2013 Acura TSX.

Two of the offenders, both about 18 years old, exited their vehicle and approached the victim and ordered her out of her car. She complied and they pushed her to the ground and grabbed her purse, which contained credit cards, checks, a driver's license, an iPhone X and keys.

They then entered her vehicle, and both vehicles fled northbound on Elmwood toward Garfield. The estimated loss is $31,100.

Two people believed to be suspects in the vehicular hijacking in Oak Park and a second in Cicero the following day were apprehended on April 16 following a high-speed chase that began at the North Riverside Park Mall and ended on Chicago's West Side.

A North Riverside police officer on patrol at the mall, 7501 Cermak Road, around 4:30 p.m. attempted to make a traffic stop on a dark-colored Acura exiting the lower-level parking deck.

A computer check of the license plate indicated that it was the same vehicle that had been stolen in the April 14 bump-and-run incident.

The Acura sped away from police and then north on Harlem Avenue to the I-290 expressway, where it headed east. The pursuit ended when the Acura crashed in the vicinity of Gladys and Kilpatrick avenues in Chicago.

Four people exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Police apprehended two of them and recovered the vehicle. Both the suspects and the vehicle were turned over to Oak Park police.

In the April 15 incident, a man was parking his vehicle in his garage in the 1100 block of North Lombard at 9:20 p.m., when three to four men wearing dark clothing approached him and demanded his keys.

The man shouted and the offenders struck him twice and then fled in an unknown direction. No loss was reported in the incident.

Contact:
Email: tim@oakpark.com

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